The electric version of Europe's most popular hatchback, hot on the heels of the e-Up! city car, is yet another indication that Volkswagen is now one of the leading producers of practical zero-emissions vehicles. Sprightly acceleration and driving dynamics, a notably long range and short charging times, and a large complement of standard equipment make the e-Golf a genuine prospect for drivers conscious of their environmental impact (not to mention fuel costs).
The new Volkswagen e-Golf can be discovered at Jardine Motors Group in Harlow or Loughton, Aylesbury, Towcester, Milton Keynes, St. Albans and Letchworth.
In the main, the e-Golf possesses the same attractive yet unpretentious exterior styling of the conventional seventh-generation model.
At a second glance, however, certain minor differences – such as the full LED headlights (which use less energy than xenon lights) and blue detailing on the grille and VW badge, which are matched by the stitching and ambient blue lighting inside – become apparent. Even more subtle are a number of small changes to the shape of the bodywork, which have contributed to an extraordinarily low drag coefficient of 0.28 – a figure 10% lower than that of the standard Golf.
Although the need to accommodate the electric motor's lithium-ion battery under the floor means that the e-Golf boasts slightly less loadspace than the conventional Golf's ample 380 litres (or 1,270 with the rear seats folded forward), no compromises have been made with the occupants' comfort. Legroom and headroom are luxurious for both front and rear passengers, while standard comfort and convenience features include automatic climate control, a navigation system with an 8" colour monitor, and front and rear parking sensors.
A multitude of active safety features give the e-Golf an exceptional amount of poise and stability, even when it encounters the roughest road surfaces and most treacherous weather conditions. Anti-lock brakes and an integrated Electronic Stability Control system help the car to retain its balance during extreme manoeuvres; meanwhile even more sophisticated equipment, such as the Driver Alert system, identifies erratic driving patterns and sounds a warning, preventing any mistakes caused by drowsiness or a loss of concentration.
Six airbags (and the option of additional side airbags) supplement the outstanding protection already afforded to the occupants by the sophisticated crumple zones and strong structure of the e-Golf.
The e-Golf is powered by an 85kW, 115PS electric motor which delivers maximum torque of 270Nm. Performance is not a matter for concern with this electric vehicle – the e-Golf reaches 37mph from a standing start in 4.2 seconds and 62mph in 10.4 seconds, ensuring that drivers have the capacity for rapid acceleration during city driving and when joining major roads. A range of up to 118 miles (depending on the manner of driving and the temperature outside) is also likely to be of interest for most commuters looking to cut their fuel costs.
Drivers are also given the opportunity to extend their range for as long as possible, due to the vehicle's regenerative braking system and a selection of three driving modes (Standard, Eco and Eco+).
The latter two options restrict the car's acceleration response and air conditioning capacity, with the advantage of extending its range. An optional “heat pump", meanwhile, allows owners to extend the range of the e-Golf by up to 20%.
4255 mm / 167.5 in|
1799 mm / 70.8 in|
(unladen) 1598 mm / 62.9 in
3320 mm / 130.7 in|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||1510 kg / 2315 lb|
|Engine / Cylinders||AC Electric Motor|
85 kW (115PS)
/ 10.4 sec|
|Combined cycle||12.7 kW/100km45 mpg|
|Urban cycle||12.7 kW/100km|